Ambassador Berger on DPKOs Ten year impact study on the implementation of SC RES 1325
· A very warm welcome to all of you to the Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany! It is a great pleasure to host this DPKO event and we are especially honoured that
· Under Secretary General Alain Le Roy,
· Ambassador Eugène-Richard Gasana, of Rwanda as well as
· Ms Izumi Nakamitsu the Director of Division for Policy Evaluation and Training and
· Ms. Valnora Edwin, Director of the Campaign for Good Governance, Sierra Leone
are here with us as speakers today.
· DPKOs “Ten year impact study on the implementation of SC Resolution 1325” comes very timely and reminds us all that, despite of progress achieved, much remains to be done.
· During the Security Council’s open debate in October last year – on the 10th anniversary of the resolution – many countries, including Germany, agreed that gaps in implementing the provisions of the resolution unfortunately still exist and committed themselves to actively help to better the situation.
· The 26 indicators proposed by the Secretary General and endorsed by the Security Council during the debate constitute a hugh step forward. They will be the framework within which progress of member states and UN organisations will be measured.
· Resolution 1325 clearly stipulates that women must be seen as active players whose contributions in all aspects of peace-building and peace-keeping processes are essential for the reconstruction of societies and in achieving sustainable peace and development. Empowering women is of utmost importance in security sector reform as well as in disarmament, demobilization and reintegration processes.
· The study before us clearly shows where progress has been made and where all member states, national authorities in post conflict countries and local women have to join rank in order to ensure more and lasting results.
· We, as member states, have to lead with good examples not only by implementing the resolution in our own countries, but also by supporting the UN and especially peacekeeping missions to transform resolution 1325 into existing mandates and – even more important - in practical steps on the ground.
· Germany has just presented it’s 3rd implementation report on resolution 1325 to Parliament. While striving for the full and timely implementation of the entire resolution, and looking ahead, priority with a view to peacekeeping will be given to:
1) Increased participation of women, particularlyin higher positions
2) Financial and technical support to UN gender awareness-raising campaigns and projects
3) Active participation of women in peace negotiatons and peace agreements
4) The special needs of women combatants in demobilisation and reintegration processes
· Furthermore, we are of the opinion that partnerships amongmember states and between member states and the United Nations are crucial.
· Besides our bilateral programs in conflict stricken countries, Germanyhas always actively supported DPKO and other UN organisations, for example
- by finiancing the DPKO implementation of a gender training strategy as well as a Gender Adviser
- by financing and supporting the development of a DPKO “UN Police Standardized Training Curriculum on Investigating and Preventing Sexual and Gender-based Violence” or
- by supporting the DPKO Darfur Planning Team with Gender Expertise or by training policewomen who are part of the UN-peace mission in Sudanand Darfur.
· As a troop- and police contributing country we see the importance of recruiting more female staff in peacekeeping missions.
In our opinion the “Global Effort”, the ambitious project of UN Police to increase the number of female UN Police officers by up to 20 % by 2014, stands for a remarkable step forward.
· We fully agree with the findings of “DPKOs Impact Study” that the collaboration of all relevent partners is necessary in order to maximise results and avoid overlap and fragmentation. All UN organisations should “mainstream” the provisions of resolution 1325 in their daily workandwork together closely in order to guarantee that the available resources are effectively channelled and measured against the indicators proposed in the General Secretary’s report.
· We are of the opinion that UN Women, under the strong leadership of Ms Bachelet, should play a leading role in setting up an efficient monitoring and coordinating system that measures progress achieved for women on the ground.
· We also would like to underline the important role the Peacebuilding Commission can play in bringing the International Community`s attention to the crucial role women can - and must - play in post-conflict societies, especially in the countries on the PBC`s agenda.
· I would like to end by thanking again DPKO for its valuable work - here in NY and on the ground - and I look forward to an interesting and lively debate on the findings and recommendations of the Impact Study.